Tire Bite Golden Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of changeup45
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second beer sampled from this brewer and this one was pretty decent as well. Pours a, yep, golden color with a relatively small head. A light sweet malty taste with a mild bitterness to it. Crisp and refreshing. A solid but unspectacular beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white head that did not have very good retention. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has a mild toasted malt aroma. Some grassy hops is also detected.

Even for a Kolsch this is a rather timid beer. What flavor that is present comes from the malt. I do not detect any hops in flavor or bitterness. Finishes clean as expected.

Light body with carbonation to give it life without being harsh.

Very easy drinking. Goes down very quickly if you want it to or not.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A.Yellow, one finger head, decent carbination.
S.Green apple, smells like a mediocre ale.
T.Not very impressive, a little green apple, but rather bland and a little unpleasant.
M.Good carbination, very thin, not much to it.
D.If I liked it I could drink many, but I dont want any more.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- slightly darkened clear golden, almost like a budweiser, with a fizzy white head and a lot of sporadic rising bubbles. head retention is ok and there's no lace in sight.

S- buttery cereal aroma and wheat, diacetyl, and a small amount of noble hop crispness that is grassy and lemony, a bit herbal, raw, and pale malty.

T- different than other kolschs i've had, taste is mostly comprised of pale cereal grains, toasted wheat, and a mild herbal noble hop bitterness, alot like a cheap german pilsener. some lemony flavors come out as it warms up, but anything above ice cold seriously hurts this beer.

MF- oddly viscous, another reason to keep it as cold as possible. finished slightly dry with medium carbonation and a strange filmy feeling that is mildly astringent.

D- better than some of the other stuff, i personally would save this one for outdoor activities, drink it from the bottle when the glass isn't appropriate, and most importantly, keep it as cold as possible because it becomes less palatable as the mercury rises.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very pretty goldenrod with plenty of bubbles and a bigger than expected white head.

S: not much here: some bland bitterness and a faint fruitiness with a touch of sweet.

T: better than aroma but nothing to write home about. mainly hoppy, but the hops are soft and bittering and don't impart much flavor. The slight malt backbone adds some balance. Isn't a bad taste but somewhat weak. Hey, it is a kolsch.

M: smooth and crips with a good carbonated finish. Actually a very solid feel.

D: can drink plenty of them - light yet just enough flavor to enjoy and won't overwhelm your taste buds.

Judging it by its style, its not a bad beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, but plain beer. I couldn't tell by drinking it that it was a kolsch. The appearance is a light gold with a white head while the aroma gives off lightly toasted malt scent. The flavor adds a a bit of fruity sweetness and biscuit, but that's about it. Reminds me of Flying Dog's other brews for being pleasant but not rich in flavor.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Took this one in a 250mL Hienieken taster glass. Light, clear golden straw color, miniscule head.

Smells kolsch-esque...black pepper, light malt, intermittent hops here and there. A deep whiff brings forth a tiny bit of fruitiness.

Hmmm, not much going on here. Positives - light and somewhat crisp. Negatives - pretty bland, slightly oxidized, and the malty sweetness is not really balanced.

Not sure what the 'Dog had planned with this one, but I wish the tire would have bit him instead of the other way around. I like most of Flying Dog's offerings, but this is one to avoid. Not like I would turn this down at a party or anything, but will certainly not buy again. Not recommended. Try a Curveball instead.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours, um, clean-golden color with medium carbonation streaming up the middle and a 1 finger, white head that quickly dropped to a lace that didn't leave any sticky spots.

S- It had lots of doughy malt and sweet/fruity tones along with some very slight floral hops.

T- More dough in the flavor with a fairly clean finish that is lightly hopped.

M- There was a tingle from the carbonation with an overall medium feel and a slightly grainy texture that was unexpected for the other delicate features.

D- It definitely goes down easy and is a decent spring/summer beer.

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Photo of glid02
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a dark straw/light gold color with a minimal head. The head recedes to a ring around the glass, and you can see the bubbles rising through the beer.

The smell is the best part about this beer. It has the smell of a tripel at first, but then as it warms it gets worse, kind of a sour smell. Still, to smell it you wouldn't guess it tastes as it does.

The taste of this beer changes dramatically as the beer warms. At first it tastes crisp, but as it warms the aftertaste gets worse and worse. It acquires a slightly metallic aftertaste, also kind of sour.

The mouthfeel is alright, but nothing special. It's hard to focus on it with the taste.

Overall the drinkability isn't very good. Drink this beer while it's cold, or else it gets worse.

Not recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very macro lager esque the head however does hold together much better and the body is a deep clear golden than your averabe BMC. Label states 5% abv and artwork has not changed much except for the fact the the color is now green. Aroma cereal grains light biscuit malts not much hop profile going on only 16.5 IBUs here. Clean malts with slight metallic twang with a sharp layer of citrus lemongrass. Flavor clean with a rolling herbal and zesty lemongrass appeal with mildly sweet blend of biscuit with a touch of carapils malts here. Again some grainy and metallic notes going on but overall pretty simple and straight forward. A minimal yeast infused sliced wheat bread note in there as well, with mouthfeel feeling a bit exra carbonated at times, bubbles tickle the back of the throat body is light and refreshing. Drinkability, a solid summer sipper never had this one before not the most authentic Kolsch ale but definitely a nice clean effortless easy drinking brew especially when found to be fresh.

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Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold color with minimal carbonation. Head is small and has poor retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Very mild. Citrus, plus a little pine. Not much else.

T: Also mild. Woodsy and semi-dry. Balanced bitterness has a lemon quality. Finishes with a faint lingering lemon flavor.

M: Light body is overcarbonated.

D: Not very exciting in my book. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of daythree16
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold with a very thin layer of head that fades but leaves a thin line around the top of the beer.

Smell is grain, some apple or pear, and a little bit like someone just got sick. Fortunately, the taste is a little better....but not a whole lot. Again, the light grain comes through, and there is a subtle hop presence in the slightly bitter, drying finish. There is also a metallic quality.

The mouthfeel is crisp, but drinkability is low, because it's....well, just kinda gross.

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Photo of keaston
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel like this beer, and maybe the kolsch style as a whole, gets a little shortchanged on this site. Yeah, it's not brimming with complex malty-hoppy falvors and aromas, but it's kolsch... not DIPA or Imperial Stout. Enough ranting, on with the review.

A - golden and clear, with a pure white head that fades to a thin lace. Pretty standard for the style.

S - not too much in the nose... maybe a little citric hop, but very faint. Once again, pretty standard.

T - Nothing wrong with this, if you take it for what it is. Crisp, clean and refreshing but not bland like a macro. There's some buttery notes, and just the faintest bittering hops to balance. I'd take a kolsch over a macro/light lager anytime for something refreshing or as a lunchtime beer and this hits all the marks. Went down great with my Zweigel hot dogs.

M- Bubbly, but not soda-like. The right amount of carbonation to give a good mouthfeel without being obtrusive.

D - A very drinkable(sessionable?) beer. Try it(or any kolsch) as a replacement for your current "lawnmower beer". I go for kolsch whenever I want something that's on the simpler side. It also pairs great with simple and/or salty food.

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Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice.

A= clean golden-yellow, little head, little lacing but pure-white.

S= very fresh, some florals and mild citrus notes, mild malts and musty hints.

T= light but delightful, slightly sweet, a little more hops-bite than many golden-ales; reminds me slightly of a nice Czech Pils akin to the slightly-sweet Vyskovska but with hops-bite.

M= light but nice, slight sweetness, florals, malts, mild hops-bite, noticeable malts lingering.

D= very drinkable, this would be a great session on-tap beer if available.

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Photo of JRed
2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

WARNING! WARNING! RING THE ALARM! AN INTRUDER IS PRESENT! That is what should have went off in Flying Dog's brewery before the Anheuser-Busch people came in and changed their formula. This beer looks like bud light, smells like Coors light, and tastes like Pabst Blue Ribbon... and that's not a compliment. With a look of public restroom toilet water and a taste reminiscent of PBR with an aftertaste of nail polish it leaves me to believe that this is a joke. College keg parties unite, we have a newcomer to the exploited beer scene! Except Flying Dog would charge $32 for the same product you could spend plenty less on. I apologize if I am insulting but this brewery should leave this dog in the cage.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 16.5 IBU,

A: Pours gold with a fizzy white head with poor head retention.

S: Apple cider, grapes, malt.

T: Very light bready malt with some acidic apple-grape juice. Hops more evident than I think they should be since the other flavours are so light.

M: Light-bodied, dry, crisp, light carbonation.

D: A fair Kolsch though I found it too hoppy for the style, but easy to drink in the hot weather.

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Photo of berserker256
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Did I pay for the Hunter S. Thompson artwork? I fear and loathe this beer. Overpriced and mediocre. No head. No lacing. Decent golden color. Smells earthy and somewhat malty. I can taste some maltyness also. A little bitter aftertaste. Thin and fizzy. I was expecting a lot more. That's about all I have to say. Very plain.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fruity hints, and a dry sugary smell. In the taste, mostly an alcohol sweetness, with a yeasty dryness. A smooth medium body mouthfeel, with a yeasty and sugary aftertaste. I don't know if this kolsch wanted to be a Belgian style golden ale, either way, eh, not so good.

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Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark straw, forming a 1/2 inch thin white head that quickly faded. Minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is mix of malts, hops, and hint of grain. The taste is light, consisting of a more pronounced hop presence, with an almost equal amount of malt in the finish. Light and crisp mouthfeel. For a lager, this is very refreshing. Light in body and flavor. I can see why this is a summer beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty pale sunshine and amber mix. Very light sofft bubbles and an even ligter, fakinter head and foam. No lacng. The aroma has a hint of must mixed with pilsner like earthiness and a little grassy spice. The palate starts with somevery dry malts, then some metallic taste mixed with a little bread. This beer feels a litle like licking a battery at times. This beer gets easier to drink the more inebriated you get.

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Photo of thisisshsas
3.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last night bought a 6 pack of this beer. beer was very light and had a golden color (not surprisingly). Had a mellow and lager like taste, nothing bad per say, but nothing particularly special either. Definitely a beer that I could drink all night though.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
2.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this at the Flying Saucer in Nashville. Not a very impressive beer, nothing special about it at all. The flavors were all subdued to the point where it could be described as "boring." The malt was nothing to speak of, nor the hops. The mouthfeel was fairly thin, but went down easy enough. I could drink a lot of these, but wouldn't want to.

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Photo of everetends
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle acquired through a Flying Dog Mixed pack. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a light, golden, yellow with a touch of white head. No head retention or lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt, citrus, and grains.

T: Tasted like sweet malts, spicy hops, citrus and that metallic twang that Flying Dog does oh so well.

M: This is a pretty much clean finishing beer. Goes down dry with a touch of the metallic aftertaste lingering.

D: Tis an ok beer. Not too bad but still has the metallic funk that Flying Dog suffers from in my opinion.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Poured a light slightly golden yellow, it was a bit foggy with no head and no lacing.

Little to no smell, if anything some grain and malt.

Taste was quite bland, thin, and crisp. Heavy taste of grain and ending with a slight taste of hops.

Could drink a few of these, but won't buy again.

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Photo of jordoo
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Poors very pale yellow with a small white loose head that exits rather quickly. Smells of grainy malts and hints of honey with a little vague spicey hop smell as well. Tastse is grainy malt flavor with some sweet honey like flavor in the middle to the end also has a little hop bitterness. Thin mouth feel, but otherwise drinkable. Not a whole lot to this one, and while it wasn't offensive it just did nothing for me.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 996 ratings